SOWK 561 - School/Community: People with Disabilities

  • 3 credits

This course is designed to provide a look at the complexities surrounding people who have disabilities. Students are asked to examine their own experiences, knowledge and beliefs. In addition to exploring, questioning and challenging traditional approaches, programs, value systems and current services, students are exposed to online threaded discussions, writings, other learning opportunities, and techniques that offer opportunities to examine the life experiences of people with disabilities. Threaded discussion sessions, internet exploration, assignments, films, and readings concentrate on innovative practices in education, employment, housing, families, supporting relationships and communities.

Topics include:

  • Attitudes and perceptions
  • Self-determination and individualized funding
  • Consumer and family leadership
  • Inclusive education
  • Augmentative and alternative communication

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Special Education in Contemporary Society:  An Introduction to Exceptionality, 6th Ed.
    Richard M. Gargiulo and Emily C. Bouck  

Specific textbook information will be emailed to enrolled students. Students should have all required texts/materials by the start of class. Books can be purchased through, the CSU bookstore, or a bookstore of choice.


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